energy

A roadmap for sustainable electricity trade between Morocco and Europe

At the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco and the EU member States France, Germany, Portugal and Spain announced a Joint Declaration on the Establishment of a Roadmap for Sustainable Electricity Trade (SET) between Morocco and the European Internal Energy Market. The goal is to facilitate the ‘mutually beneficial’ exchanges [...]

Arctic: from Cold to Ice-cold War

Vyacheslav Shtyrov, chairman of the Russian council of experts on the Arctic and Antarctica, recently said that ‘there is a strong possibility that the Russian Arctic is the first line of defence in case of a global military conflict, because that is the most likely direction of an adversary’s [...]

The Energiewende and Germany’s Industrial Policy

The Energiewende is bringing about fundamental changes to Germany’s energy mix through short, medium and long term targets. Yet despite numerous studies, there is still a lack of clarity about the driving forces behind this energy transition. Reports of these drivers vary considerably, touching upon affordability, import dependency and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega We’re losing Turkey

Turkey is moving further away from the West and getting closer to Eurasia, including Russia. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s discourse is becoming steadily more anti-Western and anti-European. He recently claimed that the Turks had reached America three centuries before Christopher Columbus. He added: ‘Those who colonised America for its [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Globalisation’s re-Americanisation

For a while globalisation was considered to be the same as Americanisation. The hyperpower, including its consumers, benefitted the most from the process, although many others did so too. However, the emergence of China, especially, turned the tables. Despite US influence, even culturally, continuing to grow and still dominating [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Cheaper oil, geopolitical effects

Some see it as the long arm of Saudi Arabia; others as a concerted action with the US; and, finally, there are those who just see the markets move, at a Europe on the brink of recession and a world submerged in a ‘new mediocrity’. The fact is that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Has Putin won?

The situation in the Ukraine is far from stable but may have started to be contained, although it could easily deteriorate, as shown by the enduring violence and the alleged delivery of Russian tanks to the eastern separatists, while there is a persisting risk of either side losing control [...]

Gas and oil discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean: the key to Europe’s post-Crimea energy conundrum

The annexation of the Crimea has led the European Union to begin to consider weaning itself off its heavy dependence on Russia for energy supplies, particularly gas.  There is an alternative in the Eastern Mediterranean, which might also help resolve another thorny issue – the reunification of Cyprus, divided [...]
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